Who is Paul Kowalczyk?

Who is Paul Kowalczyk?

Listen to today's news conference introducing Kowalczyk

A few things to know about the UI’s new interim athletic director, Paul Kowalczyk:

— As the UI’s senior associate athletic director, he went into today with an annual salary of $140,595. That’s less than the first six athletic administrators now listed beneath him in the UI’s already-updated staff directory — Jason Lener ($192,140), Mike Waddell ($180,000), Susan Young ($175,972), Warren Hood ($165,000), Rick Darnell ($153,750) and Maria Ochoa Woods ($148,526). Kowalczyk's new salary will be $295,000.

— The good: In 2001, he hired Jerry Kill as head football coach at Southern Illinois. Kill turned one of Division I-AA’s worst programs into one of its best, going 55-32 and leading the Salukis to five straight playoff appearances after a 1-10 rookie season.

— The bad: In 2008, he hired Steve Fairchild as head football coach at Colorado State — and was shown the door before Fairchild, who went 16-33 in four seasons, including back-to-back 3-9 records.

— On the topic of job security in major college athletics, he told The News-Gazette’s Loren Tate in 2012: “Any AD wants to make the right hire, and you provide all the support you can. But it’s the coach’s program and you have to trust in him. In most instances, you get one mulligan.

“You hire the wrong guy and, generally speaking, it is not so egregious that you can’t hire another coach and try to work it out. Steve was my only failure. We accomplished a lot in terms of building facilities at Colorado State, and we graduated kids and ran the program with integrity.”

— It’s kuh-WALL-check.

— He was Bruce Weber’s boss in Carbondale — from 2000-03, when then-Illinois AD Ron Guenther swooped in and stole Weber away.

— At 57, he’s been around — moving from Kent State (1985-86) to Youngstown State (1986-87) to Portland State (1987-88) to Kansas State (1988-91) to Northwestern (1991-2000) before landing his first of two athletic director gigs, at SIU in 2000.

— Like his predecessor, he has strong ties to the Buckeye State. He was born in the northeastern Ohio city of Warren (population: about 40,000) and earned both his bachelor’s degree in accounting (1980) and master’s in sports administration (1986) from Kent State.

— He’s married to the former Peg Lynch.

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CecilColeman wrote on November 09, 2015 at 12:11 pm

Are we all supposed to care what everyone's salary is at the Division of Intercollegiate Athletics? What difference does it make?

CecilColeman wrote on November 09, 2015 at 12:11 pm

Are we all supposed to care what everyone's salary is at the Division of Intercollegiate Athletics? What difference does it make?

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